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Divya Kumar - Higher Education and Nonprofits Reporter

Higher Education and Nonprofits Reporter

I cover nonprofits and higher education and want to hear the stories, big and small, that make up these worlds. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper and the University of South Florida's The Oracle. I joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Is there something about a nonprofit, college, university or higher education related issue you think people should know about? I'd love to hear from you.

  1. Yesterday• The Education Gradebook
    USF's presidential search committee includes, from left, Jose Valiente, Mike Griffin, Alberto Pimentel and Oscar Horton, shown in a meeting on Oct. 22. The committee announced Friday it would extend its timeline.
  2. Denise Davis-Cotton will lead an initiative to create a nationwide model to incorporate arts, equity and cultural history into curricula.
  3. At the University of South Florida, two new groups — a task force and a faculty and staff association — will focus on the challenges facing Latino students.
  4. Tropicana Field glows orange on Sept. 25 in St. Petersburg. USF is now requesting a seat at the table in talks of its redevelopment.
  5. Oct. 1• The Education Gradebook
    Faculty at St. Petersburg College voted to unionize this week.
  6. Mark VanDenLangenberg, de 25 años, voluntario de la Facultad de Enfermería de la Universidad del Sur de Florida, se prepara para administrar la vacuna COVID-19 en una clínica de Plant City el mes pasado. La universidad ahora va a ofrecer vacunas de refuerzo a los miembros elegibles de la comunidad de la USF.
  7. Mark VanDenLangenberg, 25, a volunteer from the University of South Florida's College of Nursing, prepares to give a COVID-19 vaccine shot at a Plant City clinic last month. The university now is offering booster shots to eligible members of the USF community.
  8. Students walk the University of South Florida campus in St. Petersburg. The university is working to boost its rankings and attract the attention of the American Association of Universities.
  9. Banners fly from the Student Services breezeway on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, which is seeking input about its next president. An online survey was announced Monday.
  10. Sep. 15• The Education Gradebook
    Students walk through the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, where leaders are embarking on a national search for a new president. The process is expected to be complete by January.
  11. University of Florida president Kent Fuchs celebrates during Monday's announcement that the school was ranked a Top 5 public university by U.S. News & World Report.
  12. Shayna Cohen and Sara Ingber participate in a Reverse Tashlich in 2019 in Tampa. The tradition started in 2016 with five Eckerd College students and has since expanded to more than 1,000 participants across the world.
  13. Students gather in the Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida on the second day of the fall semester. Many students are wearing masks this year, but some are not as COVID-19 rules have loosened. Faculty leaders are asking why the school can't take stronger safety measures amid a delta variant spike, but answers are hard to come by.
  14. The Pinellas Park Police Department has opened a death investigation after a body was found behind a CVS on Sunday.
  15. Bryan Riley, 33,  of Brandon faces at least four counts of first-degree murder, among other charges, after he shot at deputies and four people died at a home north of Lakeland, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
  16. Chris Pastura superintendente escolar de las escuelas de la Diocesis de St Petersburg.
  17. Nurses in training at Daytona State College in Flagler County. The Legislature this year restored funding for the Florida Center for Nursing, which is charged with tracking nursing shortages around the state. After years based at the University of Central Florida, the center will be based at the University of South Florida's College of Nursing in Tampa.
  18. A pedestrian died Saturday night while walking his bike across Seminole Boulevard.
  19. A pedestrian died in Wimauma after being struck by a pickup truck.
  20. Christopher Pastura, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, said Friday that the area's Catholic schools will require masks in all grades starting Monday.
  21. Ralph Puglisi, center, leaves the federal courthouse in Tampa on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to embezzling $12.8 million from a nonprofit company affiliated with the University of South Florida. Puglisi was flanked by his two lawyers, Anthony Rickman, left, and Nicholas Glance, right.
  22. Aug. 24• The Education Gradebook
    Students walk near the Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida, which is embarking on a search for a new president.
  23. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.